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2019 State Convention

We of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota are pleased to announce plans for our upcoming, annual state convention. 

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Date and location

The two-and-a-half day convention will be held from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27, at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn Hotel, located at 100 SW 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301. This year we are pleased to have as our national representative Dr. Marc Maurer, the immediate past president of and General Counsel for the National Federation of the Blind.

Hotel arrangements: 

Room rates are $99 per night, plus tax, for singles, doubles, triples, and quads.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 11.

To reserve your hotel room, either

  • Book your room online, or
  • Call the hotel at (320) 253-0606 and mention that you are with the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota while making your reservation


On-site registration will be available on Friday, October 25 at 2:30 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for purchase by those who did not pre-register.

The senior breakfast is $15, the BLIND Inc. lunch costs $20, and the banquet is $35.

This year, there will again be an affordable, casual dinner on Friday night, which will take place between our afternoon business sessions and our evening division meetings and will cost $15. This dinner will give you the opportunity to socialize with friends and catch up with those you may not have seen in a while. The dinner will be structured so that you will be able to get to all meetings without getting caught in the restaurant rush.

Transportation from Metro Area

For those traveling from the Twin Cities area, the Metro Chapter has organized a chartered bus to St. Cloud.  A seat will cost $20 whether you are traveling one way or round trip; seats for children ages 5 to 12 are $10, and children under 5 ride free. Payment will be collected on the bus by the chapter.  The bus will leave from our headquarters at 100 East 22nd Street at 11:30 A.M. on Friday morning and will depart from St. Cloud at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday afternoon.  You may use the pre-registration form to reserve a seat.


The agenda is available online.

Other Items of Note

Childcare: Childcare will be provided during scheduled meetings and during the banquet. A minimum donation of $20 is requested. For more information, check the box on the pre-registration form, and we will contact you. You may also reach Childcare Coordinator, Briley O'Connor, by phone at (703) 380-8876.

Cash Prizes for Essays: The Metro Chapter invites all Minnesota Federationists to participate in its annual essay contest. Although there is not a specific essay question, the essay should be focused on experiences as a blind person and highlight a positive message or outcome. The length of the essay should be about 2-3 pages. The winning essay will be published in the Minnesota Bulletin, and the writer will receive $75. Another $50 will be awarded in a random drawing from the rest of the essays, which will also be considered for publication. Both winners will be announced at the banquet on Saturday evening. All entries must be received by mid-October. E-mail your essay submissions to Kathy McGillivray.

Our convention each year is an opportunity for the blind of our state to come together for a common cause, to educate ourselves and others, and to strengthen our bonds of friendship. We will share public services and other resources for the blind, exchange ideas, and formulate plans and policies for the coming year. Make plans to join us and be a part of the excitement!

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